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  1. The Christ Force
    Wednesday, July 04, 2012
  2. Information in the Aura
    Saturday, June 30, 2012
  3. Synchronicity
    Saturday, June 30, 2012
  4. Eckhart Tolle's Antidote to Ego
    Saturday, June 16, 2012
  5. What Are Angels?
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012
  6. Psychic Self-defense
    Monday, April 16, 2012
  7. What Are Ghosts?
    Monday, April 16, 2012
  8. Conflict engenders growth
    Friday, March 05, 2010
  9. Why are we here?
    Thursday, February 25, 2010


The Christ Force



Dale: Please tell me about the Christ Force. May I use it for my benefit?


Henry, a spirit guide: You may use all forms of love for your benefit, a benefit that will be felt by others. We have spoken before about the Christ Force — the residual forces of the great messengers. Let us repeat the history lesson, first, then we will answer your question.


As are many of our conversations, this is one that will be difficult to understand from your perspective [on Earth].


It is not the case that many forces combined into an incarnating entity for Jesus’s benefit. Rather, he was able to draw many forces together for his own benefit. He was often outraged at what he observed around him. His response was to bring together, to collect various bits and pieces of cosmic force and then to coalesce these streams into a usable whole.


You, Dale, have been operating within the understanding that Jesus was a cosmic force that fractured after his physical death. In fact, the forces that he brought together — by dint of his own free will and emotion simply returned to their natural state after his death. In the sense that he was unique in his ability to locate, call upon, and combine these forces, you may think of them collectively as the Christ Force. But other messengers have used these same forces to assemble and concentrate their thoughts and understanding of reality from the perspective of earthly existence.


The entity who incarnated into the body of Jesus has incarnated often, but only once as a powerful, well connected psychic. Jesus was able to reveal his origins to himself. What was unusual about him is that he became . . . .


Let us approach it from another perspective. Jesus tapped into cosmic consciousness and then attempted to bring that knowledge into physical reality. Because the actions of the Great God [the god of Abraham] are universally abhorred, Jesus’s discovery became, for him, a mission. [The viewpoint that Jesus was essentially a resistance fighter against the god of Abraham is well documented in the Nag Hammadi codex: The Secret Book of John. The attentive reader can also find supporting textual artifacts in the Bible: The Gospel of John. According to this interpretation, when Jesus speaks of his “Father in heaven” he is referring to an entity that exists on a much higher level than the god of Abraham's. Henry’s remark seems to confirm this viewpoint.] It is not the case that any entity sent Jesus to Earth for any purpose other than its own edification; rather, once here and once reconnected, Jesus took it upon himself to deliver his chosen message.


The message was true and accurate, but still of his own devising.


Upon his death, the forces he was able to combine by using his own free will — a physical phenomenon, as you know — simply reverted to their natural state. This is the reason you have never been able to “find” the incarnated entity; he no longer exists.


What you perceive [when you go looking] are the bits and pieces of streams of cosmic consciousness that, without the unifying force of human will, exist unattended and un-concentrated.


May you use them? Why, yes. Anyone can use them.


Michael, a spirit guide: Just wanted to say, Hi! Everyone else was having a good time. Thought I’d join in.


On many levels, Jesus was a pain in my neck. On many others, he was admired and cheered. Never did he call on me. And yet, he was a handful — as are all of you prima donnas. I did not know him, but I was certainly aware of his incarnation. He was not the steadfast and solid warrior; he was just plain crazy, sometimes.


Dale: What have you to say about this Great God?


Michael: Sadness. It is no threat to me or mine. Yet it does cover us with the shadow of sadness. We cannot serve it. We can only interact with it by helping to protect those it would lead astray, lead into danger. I suppose it’s what you would call “job security” for us.


Information in the Aura

Dale: Is there information in the aura?


Henry, a spirit guide: This is perhaps the most complicated topic you have ever asked me to address. My answer is: No, but from the point of view of the observer, there appears to be information in the aura.


The information resides in the essence of the individual. The aura is a dynamic indication of the processes that are occurring within the whole individual: spiritual, mental, physical. Because the body is a condensation of one’s essence, the aura reader actually perceives the information contained within the person’s essence. The occurrence of the aura in the vicinity of the essence is coincidental.


The aura is certainly affected by the person’s essence, just as it is affected by the body, mind and spirit. But the aura is not the information, just as the glow of a neon sign is not the sign itself. Nor is it the neon. Yet, all of the components work together to create the glow. The skilled reader can easily interpret the appearance of the aura. Others [other psychics] can access the information contained within the essence in other ways.


The essence is eternal. It is the essence and its gathered information that is brought forward from lifetime to lifetime. As you plummet through the many universes, you collect emotions, experiences, memories, thoughts. All of these enrich your essence.


Dale: What does it mean when synchronicity occurs? Is it the case that the Universe is offering, inviting, responding, making things happen according to one’s desires? Or is synchronicity simply a natural manifestation, much like when a flower blooms?


Henry, a spirit guide: The short answer is: All of the above. The Universe communicates in many ways. The attentive human will receive many of these messages. But as you point out in your question, even the attentive human may not know how to interpret the messages.


Sometimes the Universe is simply offering a beautiful moment. Your metaphor of the blooming flower is a good one. I can tell you that, from our perspective, synchronous events are perceived very much as beautiful displays. We notice them and pass on, just as you would notice a beautiful bloom. But let us proceed to your real question: how to interpret these events — and what to do about them.


We’ll use a mechanical approach. Thoughts create reality. Your thoughts and desires will cause synchronous events to manifest. It is then that free will comes into play. You may stop to admire or smell the beautiful bloom, or you may keep walking. Whatever you do your actions will set in motion other events, events which are incomprehensible and impossible to observe from your current perspective. And so, you can easily see that endeavoring to interpret a synchronous event is simply not possible. Most people will simply see the event as a confirmation of their own thoughts and desires. True enough, but simplistic. The fallacy in your own thinking, Dale, is your impulse to take action. It is not true that you must be the proximate cause of whatever happens next. To be one with Spirit, it is enough to acknowledge that your perspective is limiting. It is enough to acknowledge that the Universe is efficient and moves in the direction of your benefit. I say again, Dale: it is enough.

Eckhart Tolle's Antidote to Ego

Dale: What can you tell me about, or what do you think about Eckhart Tolle’s notion that a person can ask the question, Who is this person who is causing me such pain?, as a tactic for releasing the incarnated spirit from the subjugation of the ego?

Henry, a spirit guide:

I will say that shutting down the ego is, indeed, desirable from the spirit’s point of view and, as you have begun to surmise, it is not possible to do so. The human psyche does not admit of such a state.

Now I will say this: for those who must heal, for those who must find their way past the pain of recent events – or long-ago events, for that matter – setting aside the ego in a conscious way will have a desirable result.

Now about the idea that “you are not your thoughts” . . . . There is truth in that, albeit simplistic truth, in the same way it is true that the sun rises in the East. The truth is, the sun does not rise at all! Rather, the Earth turns. It is a matter of perspective.

The creation of a thought is a simple matter precisely because that’s what humans do: they create thoughts and thought forms. So, it is easy to understand that asking a flower not to bloom is silly. Humans will think. Tolle has discovered the flaw in his own argument, the fly in his own balm. To quiet the mind requires conscious thought, and then there you are, back at square one. Thinking. It is neither possible nor desirable to strip the human psyche of its ego. That said, there can be good reason to dampen its activity for the purpose of healing the individual. For you see, the psyche has the ability to spin out of control, to create and imagine. Healthy creation and imagination are desirable. But humans have maneuvered themselves into a position wherein the psyche begins to create within itself. A kind of psychic cancer. The first steps on that path usually begin with the need to react to outside forces. It is at this point the psyche will begin to build its defenses. Sometimes – and oftentimes – the defense will be, “I am not good enough to tolerate this assault on me.” The ego buys into the attacks of others. This is often the paradigm for a sensitive person.

Another common defense is [for the ego] to strike back. If you think about it, the ego does not have a great many choices. It must either create from without or from within.

So in those cases where the ego is over-creating, then it is appropriate to use the psyche to calm it down or reset it. It is then that consciousness can recover from the harrying need to process all that the ego has thrown at it.

Keep writing, please. We are not finished, here.

When the ego acquiesces to the attacks of others – which it does by creating within consciousness the thought or idea, “I am not good enough” or “There really must be something wrong with me that I cannot adjust to this situation” – the thought becomes reality for that person, and, eventually, for others as well – and especially so for the attackers, whose goal was precisely to destroy the ego’s protective defenses so that the attackers could validate their own creation: “I am under attack and so, must respond in kind.” It is in this sense that your psyche does become its created or imagined thoughts. And as you know, the physical parts of you are capable of subduing your spiritual parts. When this happens, the incarnated spirit is not affected (as Tolle has stated), but neither does it take up its sword and mount a rescue. It . . . is . . . not . . . affected. And so, it must wait – that’s right, it must wait – to be approached by the psyche. This is because (and this is also a bit simplistic) free will resides within the psyche, not within the spirit. The spirit arrives [on Earth] with the map, the inspiration, the memories and the goals. If it is an old spirit, then it also arrives with wisdom. Very much like a rider can benefit from a seasoned horse, the psyche will benefit from this wisdom, though all the while remaining in control of the reins.

Where Tolle has gone wrong is his assumption that within each human resides an old and wise spirit who enjoys a familial connection with the Great Forces.

Eventually, all spiritual entities become old and wise. Eventually.

And so it is that the psyche can become its own thoughts. [For] if the psyche cannot connect to its spiritual origins – if it has one! – then it has no choice but to connect with its own creations: its thoughts.

The ability to connect or reconnect or stay connected is easier for those psyches whose incarnated spirit was sent to the Earth by greater forces. For those individuals whose incarnated spirit is one who simply came back to the Earth because it doesn’t know where else to go, causing the ego to spin down will be more of a challenge. Much will depend on the spirit’s previous experiences on Earth.

So you can now see how one can become one’s thoughts. As Tolle has said, the antidote to becoming one’s thoughts is to reconnect to the incarnated spirit. It [reconnecting] is more effective than calling upon the Great Forces to rescue you from the assault of your own ego.

The answer does indeed lie within; and from that conduit, you make seek help from without.

What Are Angels?

Many years ago I asked to speak with the Archangel Michael. The entity that showed up, Michael, told me that he has manifested on the Earth from time to time. Sometimes he chose to appear as our mythology depicts an archangel: wings, light, trumpets, the whole nine yards. He said he had a good reason for doing so, but that he also did it for his own amusement. Indeed, he claims to be the origin of the myth.


In another reading, Michael referred to a human as “one of mine”.


Dale: What did you mean by, “One of mine”? And tell me about angels. Our perception of angels upon our death.


Michael: These are rather big questions, but I can answer them simply enough.


The Hebrew archetype of “angel” was an invented perception which has planted itself into the communal human psyche. I mean, just think about it: the wings, for example! Useless to a spiritual entity. So humans’ perception of an angel is closely tied to what has been programmed into the brain.


Now as for the existence of these creatures, why, yes. They do exist, but — clearly — not in any way similar to the Hebrew archetype. And there have been other archetypes throughout humanity’s history.


“One of mine.” This explanation rests on slightly more complicated material. I was born — and you know all of this; you have simply “forgotten” it for the time being — I was born, if you like, near the Beginning Time. (We will keep things linear and time-based, for now. Easier to follow along.) I, and others like me — my kind — were, and remain, a combination of duties. We were multi-taskers, if you like. (Your syntax is dead-on, for we were not entities, exactly.) Our place was to serve. At first, there were no physical realms. Indeed, as is the case with so many creations, ours was a bit accidental. It would not be too far from the mark to call us “elementals” for All That Is. In fact, let’s stick with that, for that is really not a bad way to explain things. [According to Wikipedia, “An Elemental is a spirit embodying one of the five elements of antiquity: Earth (solid), Water (liquid), Wind (gas), Fire (heat), Aether (quintessence.) Elementals are referred to by various names. In the English European tradition these include Fairies, Elves, Devas, Brownies, Leprechauns, Gnomes, Sprites, Pixies, Banshees, Goblins, Dryads, Mermaids, Trolls, Dragons, Griffins, and numerous others. These nature spirits are governed by the Archangels.”]


Now as for hierarchy . . . . Yes, there is one. But you, Dale, know better than that. Better to say that there are those who serve the ones who serve. True enough, some of us have more “access” than do others, even as your marvelous friend, Henry, has more access than do his students. But in the end, we all serve the same purpose: the journey back — which has become the journey through.


Do we serve humans? I serve you, Dale. During each of your incarnations I stand ready to assist. But I will not pretend that I don’t understand your question. This is where things get a bit complicated. Once again, it involves the Great Issue: free will. As you have been able to surmise for yourself, the Earth is populated with an abundance of non-physical beings, of all sorts. Indeed, very nearly all places are so inhabited. My point is simply that there are plenty to “go around.”


The human being who “announces” that he desires to be surrounded by these cosmic elementals, is. Humans whose missions do not admit of such support are left to their own devices. All humans should be left to their own devices, but there are some — many — who, for one reason or another, have “given up” on accomplishing their cosmic plans and have embraced the joys and pleasures of physical existence. These individuals are often accompanied by elementals.


To “announce” means to surrender to the cosmic flow of the Great Forces. Yet, as we have discussed before, surrendering means simply to rejoice in the various currents that the river sends your way. It is this acceptance of what Life brings your way that I call the announcement of surrender. For you see, the choice to accept — and so learn from and take pleasure in and all the while pay attention to the manifold events in your life is the very act of participating [because then you flow along with them, and become a part of the events instead of fighting against them, or ignoring them]. The natural instincts of the human body and psyche bring to the table the force called participation.


Look at it this way: there are those who fear the river, and there are those who rejoice in it. There are those who fear the rapids, and those who conquer the rapids by surrendering to them in a self-guided and intelligent (the participation of the psyche) way. And when it is clear the river is, for the moment, impassable, there are those who look upon its fury with horror and those who look upon its fury with awe and wonder. It is the latter who are frequently accompanied by elementals.


And then, Dale, there are those who inspire elementals, who tame them and in whose presence the elementals stand ready, but stand apart. For you see, it is sometimes the case that the elementals are the ones who look upon with awe and reverence and respect.


You may think of me, of my place, as the shepherd of these elementals. They are “mine” even as a sheep belongs to its shepherd. Every shepherd knows his own sheep. And there are other shepherds.


You have walked with me many times among my flock, and each of them knows you just as I do.


Henry, a spirit guide: I can endorse Michael’s explanation. Indeed, you have it from the source — or one of the sources. Will they help you? [He answers his own question with another question:] Do you need them? Ah. You and Michael have long been a good combination. I see no reason, or need, to interfere with that relationship. But I will say this, Dale: it is a relationship that is rare and beautiful. If you desire to take advantage of that relationship, the results of your efforts would only be fruitful.


Dale: Michael, what do you say?


Michael: I do not say. You are the leader in this, as in all things concerning your lifetimes. Mine is to serve the soul and so its progeny. Our friendship is based on our knowledge of and love of each other. What I do say is that I know and I love and I do these things — and am these things — from a perspective that instructs me and informs me. And so it is, my friend, that I bow once again and always to your incarnated will. Once you arrive back home, I will face you, and embrace you, as my equal, my brother, my beloved friend. But while you remain “on the job,” then so shall I.



Psychic Self-defense

Anonymous: Can I, with impunity, use spiritual or psychic weapons to defend myself against attack by a lawyer? With impunity!

Anonymous's spirit guide: Your arsenal is your arsenal. Does not the lawyer attack you with esoteric weapons about which you know nothing? I see you are not the aggressor in this. Now, defending yourself will set in motion events that may not occur otherwise. And I will confirm your feeling that embracing the unfolding of the Universe's plan for your rescue – the response to your demands – is also a good choice. [Anonymous used Wiccan ritual magic to cast a spell for self-defense.]

Perspective. Do you have the perspective necessary to decide, on your own, when it is a good idea to defend yourself versus when it is a good idea to allow yourself to be led by the Great Forces?

My beloved friend, I have sat by and watched events unfold for you that, while not all of them are marvelous, have nevertheless caused me to marvel, from time to time.

You are correct: our advice to you has changed from strict admonitions to flexible judgment calls on your part. You have grown and matured. It is safe to allow you to have your lead from time to time.

I will say this to you: Your intrusion into the lives of others, your participation in their lives, is always instructive to them. You bring value and introspection, whether you are able to observe these things or not. Never do you attack for the sole purpose of causing pain or havoc.

It saddens you to feel a need to resort to actions like self-defense. From your viewpoint, it is the duty of others to protect each other. But I say to you, cooperation is not the only way to create and learn.

You hesitate to deploy your weapons for fear of cosmic reprisal, yet I say to you, if in your estimation a “lesson” is in order, then it probably is.

No! You are not “playing God.” Nor do you confuse your own needs, judgment and emotions with those creatures, human and otherwise, who have lost themselves in a fantasy of power and insight. Your very action here, during this reading, demonstrates that your heart and mind remain pure, if still reeling somewhat from recent assaults.

Henry, a spirit guide: There are times and moments and crises and just plain spots of decency that call for something other than passivity. Your guide is correct that what you fear is more pain and chaos in your own life. Your hesitation to act is due to your own perception that defending yourself is attacking another unnecessarily. And there is the crux of your psychological dilemma: you do not see, yet, a necessity for defending yourself.

Anonymous: And, I do not want to throw a monkey wrench into the Universe’s response to my call.

Henry: Precisely. You see, you are conscientious. You are thoughtful; you do ponder the right questions – eventually. And I say to you, you do have a right to deploy your arsenal against those who would harm you purely for their own gain.

Anonymous: Some questions. Will I be interfering with the unfolding of the Universe’s answer to my call if I seek to defend myself at this juncture? And, will you help me?

Henry: The missing piece of your puzzle is this one, and the question you ought to be asking: Did the Universe pair you with your attacker for the benefit of you both? You must know that the answer is, Yes.

Anonymous: Except I also know that accidents occur.

Anonymous's spirit guide: True. But this is an event [the attack by the lawyer] you called for. When you create, you do so from your heart. It is sometimes the case that others cannot fathom, cannot see the fullness of your creation at the same moment you see it. As the wave washes over them they are often bathed in understanding, for such is the wholeness of your creations. You never, at least so far as I can determine, you never create without conscientious introspection. Of course, you make mistakes and missteps, but your actions come from a desire to elevate and benefit all those around you. And so it is that you cannot see – from your limited perspective – the benefit to another — or to yourself — and so you hesitate to act. There is more than one way to teach and learn. You know this to be true.

I will tell you this, for I am permitted to do so and I reside in a place from where I can see the truth of it: your attackers do not act from sincerity or conviction. You already know this; it’s just that you give them, you lend to them credit from your own heart that they do not yet have in theirs.

Now I will speak to you from my own heart — that is, if you will allow it.

Anonymous: I know that I have no obligation to steer my course under your wind. So, yes.

Anonymous's spirit guide: The Great Forces are unknowable, yet we do see evidence of them. If it is the case that you feel you should act on your thoughts, your ideas, your ponderings, then you must do so.

Fear nothing.

I say “feel” because one cannot know the Great Forces, but one can feel them. You are someone who can feel them. And they . . .  feel . . . you.

I teach all who approach me to moderate their actions and thoughts with acceptance of what the Universe, the Great Forces, have sent to them. But as we have discussed before, you are, yourself, something that is sent.

You must tap into your origins for the answer to your questions. The answer you hear will be the right one for you.

Henry: All of us, myself and others you are not always aware of, are willing to help you in this. Not because of our judgment or appreciation of the situation, but because it is you who ask.

Anonymous: Yet, there are some lines you will not cross.

Henry: And this is not one of them.

[Anonymous casts a spell to defend herself against her attacker.]

Henry: You held back, but we acknowledge success.

Anonymous's spirit guide: Nor do "we" rejoice, yet we bow our heads in respect and admiration. Now, fear not! Fear nothing. Go forward in confidence and acceptance that we, all of us, have responded in an appropriate way.

What Are Ghosts?

This one is a difficult read. The topic is complex, and Michael, a spirit guide, stays on-topic without veering off-course, but his text is dense. Just go slowly and try to grasp each idea one at a time.

Dale: What are ghosts?

Michael, a spirit guide: There is a level of existence wherein the personalities, or the remnants of personalities, persist. Soul-less. That is the first thing to understand. You are not dealing with a soul.

Emotions are an ingredient. As you know from our previous conversations, this is a complicated topic. In non-physical places, emotions are palpable. They carry — they are composed of — life-force streams, or packets. Memories are an ingredient of these streams, too. But you must remember that memories are not a reflection of reality. It is often the case that the memory fuels the emotion. Emotions can also be generated by events that occur immediately before death.

So-called resolution that results in a ghost's release from the physical place is a myth. The resolution does not erase the emotion created by the memory. The memory persists, and so does its attendant emotion. You have seen many times the reappearance of ghosts after you perform a cleansing.

Dale: That’s not true. The ghosts leave for good. The squatters, the other-realm creatures, are the ones who are stubborn.

Michael: Okay, I have seen many times the reappearance of ghosts.

Dale: What are you telling me? My cleansings do not work?

Michael: Your cleansings do work. And very well. What you don’t know is that sometimes the ghosts reappear.

Dale: Sometimes I hear a plea for help.

Michael: It is genuine. As I said, this is a complicated topic. Every personality is a composite of many ingredients: memories; experiences; reactions to experiences; the way events shape the human mind; chemicals. And all of these are influenced by living among others. Ghosts, too, can be composites. You have noticed that some ghosts repeat the same actions, the same thoughts, over and over again. These are creations of one memory/one emotion. On the other the other end of the continuum are the ghosts that are composites. These can give the appearance of possessing mind, integrated psyches, needs and desires, missions and goals. Clearly, there is no psyche. And I repeat, there is no soul. Human perception takes what there is to perceive and anthropomorphizes it.

Over time, the composites can become more sophisticated. Imagine the circumstance of the clown who projects a personality for the amusement of his audience. Or the actor who creates a character from the bits and pieces of a script. For a time, the fictional character appears to exist. And the actor can recreate the illusion as often as needed. Yet, the creation is not real. The emotions that the actor conjures up in his audience are real enough. And the character may even react to unexpected situations, situations not contemplated by the script. But in the end, the composite — the personality that the actor composed of bits and pieces of his own experiences — is not organic; it is an artificial personality. The notion of killing off a character created by an actor is without meaning. What the audience perceives is not real. But the character can evoke emotions in the audience, and those emotions are real enough. And they, too, are the results of artificial input (from the actor) that simply triggers memories for the spectator. Or maybe empathy comes into play. And there is the difference: Ghosts cannot create memories; ghosts have no empathy on which to draw.

Now imagine that an actor takes on, permanently, the personality of one of his characters. A loss of sanity. A disconnection from his psyche. This describes a ghost. No psyche. No soul. Not real. But nevertheless “there” for all the world to see.

It is precisely because this personality is able to manipulate the emotions of others that it must be killed off.

The next chapter in this discussion would analyze the way in which fear, the fear created by the ghost, can fuel the artificial personality. Suffice it to say that once a ghost comes to “understand” that it can manipulate the emotions of humans, then it will do so. For remember: in non-physical places emotions are palpable, so the ghost receives immediate gratification.

Dale: But if ghosts do not have psyches, then why would they benefit from any kind of emotional stimulus?

Michael: It is true that the actor’s psyche will respond to his audience’s reaction, but the result will be a modification to the personality of the fictional character (assuming a loss of sanity). It is not true that consciousness requires a psyche. The psyche is a phenomenon of physical existence. A complicated/sophisticated artificial construction can, indeed, have consciousness, just as an actor can “bring to life” a character. But this consciousness is still without a soul. It is not organic. It is a perception, but a perception that can manipulate.


© 2012 Dale Englefield

Conflict engenders growth

Dear Dale,
I’m 17 years old and I live in a very small town. I’ve tried talking to my family and my friends about my psychic abilities, but the more I try the crazier they make me feel. I know there’s a lot of information on the internet, but how do I know what I can trust?

Dale: You can start by trusting yourself. As long as you are making a good-faith effort to be honest with yourself, you’ll do just fine. It’s not necessarily a good idea to go around telling everyone who crosses your path, “I’m psychic! I’m psychic!” even if they are your family. A better strategy that will serve you well for a long time is to acknowledge — to yourself — that you really can do what you think you can do. Stay grounded (to the Earth). Stay real (by remembering you are human and can make mistakes). Keep in mind that being psychic does not make you “better than”; it just makes you psychic. As for the internet: caution first; then common sense; finish by consulting your heart. And then, you can always go to your spirit guide for advice, too.

Dear Dale,
I am psychic. At least, I think I am. My church hosts a discussion group once a week. I’m starting to think that I just can’t attend any more discussions because it’s so difficult for me to sit there and listen to some of the things that come out of people’s mouths. They are good people, and all, and they try really hard to practice tolerance and inclusion. It’s just that when we start talking about God and our reason for being here and all that, it sometimes feels like they are making an effort not to understand what I say. I’m starting to feel ostracized. How should I handle this?

Dale: I’m sensing that you have attained a certain age, and that I can speak to you bluntly and you will understand my answer. If you choose to continue participating in the group, then you are the one who will have to be tolerant. Everyone learns the lessons of his choosing (not of your choosing), and he learns at the speed of his choosing (not of your choosing). Each individual chooses his own path and his own pace. My advice is that you teach yourself to honor these choices and that you defer — with reverence, respect and supportive celebration — to the divinity that resides within each person.

As for your own progress, you may have to form relationships with those who will celebrate who you are and what you know. This is the choice I recommend. You will find it fulfilling instead of frustrating, and you will have surrounded yourself with those who can teach you and support you and admire you and challenge you and . . . and . . . and . . . .

Here is what Henry, a spirit guide, says about conflict:

Now listen carefully. The next time you encounter frustration, practice reminding yourself that conflict is one of the joys — yes, JOYS! — of a physical existence. Conflict is one of the reasons, indeed the principle reason (and there are other “principle” reasons), that learning occurs so efficiently on the Earth. Remind yourself that conflict engenders growth, at least for those who want all contenders to benefit.

It is a simple truth that character reveals itself in the presence of adversity. How can you ever learn to be responsible if you never find yourself in a situation that requires you to take responsibility? Can you become a good parent if you have no children? You cannot win at Wimbledon if you do not practice, and even then you’ll still need an opponent.

No one becomes a great person without experiencing opposition. Go ahead, try to name a hero — real or mythical — who did not experience conflict? Spiritual growth requires conflict, but the presence of conflict does not automatically yield growth.

The Earth is designed to allow us unlimited access to an infinite number and variety of conflicts. In other words, opportunity for spiritual growth abounds in this plane of existence. The actions we choose when faced with conflict will determine whether our lives produce joy or added pain. In either case, our soul benefits from the experience. That last part is important enough to repeat: in either case, our soul benefits from the experience.

Spiritual misery is a clue indicating that we have chosen wrongly.

Why are we here?

Dear Dale,
I have sampled a number of religions in my search for meaning. I don’t mean meaning in my own life, but something higher up, or from a broader perspective. While every religion I’ve tried is willing to tell me how to run my life, none of them seems able to tell me why to run my life. What’s the point of it? I guess what I’m asking is a very old question. Why are we here?

Dale: The short answer is: We are hear to create. Physical existence allows the assembling of difficult situations and complicated relationships. Our job is to create solutions and ways forward, even if only to bump into the next tough situation. The long answer starts with, We are working our way back home.

Henry, a spirit guide, has had quite a lot to say over the years about both answers, short and long. Here is a little snippet that might apply to your question:
Since we were once All That Is, and are now a part of All That Is, to be with the One again, we have only to become, again, All That Is. Let me explain.

Before the Beginning Time, there was only the One. Everything you can think or imagine or create was already. Therefore, all we have to do to be that [One] again is to think, imagine and create all that can be. Once we have achieved this, then we will once again be the One.
Most psychics — and their spirit guides — will tell you that we are here to learn and Earth is a classroom, one of many. Henry doesn’t say that. His shift in perspective might be slight, but its potential to affect our societies, cultures and beliefs is dramatic because it is empowering. Once we understand that each situation that confronts us is simply another opportunity for us to use our creative abilities, another opportunity to use the tools and gifts that we brought with us when we incarnated, then we can feel empowered by life’s challenges rather than feeling like life’s rag doll. That said, We’re here to learn is a good way of easing into this discussion.

There are many other classrooms, millions of them. Some are physical places like the Earth; most are non-physical planes of existence. There are also millions of dimensions. Each dimension contains its own set of universes. Got all that?

Physical beings are by nature and design ego-centric, and so individuals, their societies and cultures view themselves as the ultimate benefactors of their own efforts. In fact, we exist here for the benefit of our souls, not for our own benefit.

The souls from which we come know that learning can occur relatively rapidly in a physical place. A soul is able to put a small part of itself, a spark if you will, into a physical body. The years that we spend on the Earth pass in the blink of an eye for those in the non-physical planes, yet a soul can learn a great deal from just one physical incarnation. Souls place an infinite number of “sparks” into beings of all kinds, physical and non-physical, simultaneously. That’s right, simultaneously. This process occurs in all times and most places.

Our past lives are occurring concurrently with our present and future lives. In fact, the different periods of our present lives — childhood, adulthood, old age — also occur concurrently. It is a little hard to grasp at first, but it is nonetheless true that the little girl you were and the old woman you will become exist now in other places, or perhaps other dimensions. (As I was proof-reading this entry, Henry interrupted to say that dimensions is not the right word; universes is a better choice.) All the days of our lives occur at the same time; it is only because we live in a place governed by physics that we experience them one day after the other. Hard to believe, I know. Even harder to fathom.

Henry, from an early reading:
Destiny is precisely the same thing as becoming yourself.

It is one of the mysteries, miracles and hardships of the Earth that you are born as you should be, and then [life on] the Earth contrives to hide your gifts from you. Destiny is to become, once again, the way you were born.
From a later reading:
During that journey you learn many lessons. Your destiny is fulfilled when you have once again become who you already are. It is then that many choose to die from the Earth. Some choose to continue enjoying the physical pleasures, albeit being as careful as they can to avoid further conflict/learning. But these are not many. Others choose to start working on “the next time”. Ah yes! It is possible to begin the lessons of your next lifetime even while you are still in this one. But not very many are willing to go to “summer school” unless they have to.
Henry’s statement that “Destiny is to become, once again, the way you were born” reflects, on a microcosmic level, the primal urge of all sentience: we want to find Home. The human journey from birth to death mirrors the movement of the cosmic heard back to its birthplace.
Christians may rightfully argue that Henry’s definition of destiny is hardly original as we hear echoes of it in Jesus’s admonition that we become like children. Christian philosophy differs from Henry’s teachings in that, while Jesus certainly acknowledges the struggle between our spiritual and animal selves, he never really encourages us to embrace the joys and wonders of a physical existence.
Buddhism comes close to Henry’s viewpoint in that it acknowledges the impact of physical existence on the spirit by embracing physical suffering as one of the primary tenets of its philosophy.

The mystical religions seem to recommend that we just meditate ourselves out of physical reality altogether, and strive to remain in a blissful state of oneness with the cosmos. This seems to be the opposite of what Henry is telling us.
Contrary to Christian and Buddhist inclinations, Henry offers up the physical experience as one kind of compensation for the soul who agrees to spend a semester at Earth U. After all, who can argue with pancakes and maple syrup, a sunset over the Mediterranean, a Debussy orchestral work, or the clear depth and sparkle in a child’s eyes?

On the other hand, I once asked Henry whether a lifetime on the Earth were considered a kind of vacation for spirit entities. He answered with a loud and emphatic, No! Life in a physical plane is so difficult and painful for the spirit that many souls decline to experience it at all. Only the bravest and most courageous spirits choose to incarnate on the Earth. Apparently, Henry went on to explain, if there really were a Hell in the universe, Earth would be it.

Here are more snippets from Henry’s readings:
Living on the Earth without a purpose is not more painful than living with a purpose. The pain is always there for every person. One’s purpose distracts one from the pain. If you have no purpose, no distraction, you are simply more aware of the pain.

Difficulty is not a challenge; it is a spice. It adds interest. Make the hurdles and you will clear a path.

Pablo Picasso once quipped that if we know exactly the way a project is going to turn out, then why even bother to execute it? His point is the same as Henry’s, and neither is original. In the great order of things the word goal is a synonym for ending. The interesting part — and most often the fun part — is not the end, but the middle, the journey.

Each of us can tell a story about the “good old days,” some experience that we would not necessarily want to repeat but which is nevertheless a treasured memory. We would not want to go through it again, yet we are glad to have it under our belts. Indeed, perhaps we are only able to find any joy in our current situation precisely because of our memory of a previous, more difficult one. If so, then the struggle, one could argue, was indeed more important than the achievement; for without the struggle, the achievement would have no meaning. But that’s getting pretty philosophical.

There occurs great spiritual release upon realizing (and internalizing) that the whole point of our existence is to experience each situation fully. While any construction worker will point proudly to her finished building, she will also tell you that the fun part was the actual construction, the problem-solving and the creativity.

But Henry’s comment about difficulty assumes that we are following our right paths. Such is not always the case. Those people who seem to thrive on a stressful, fast-moving lifestyle probably are being who they are supposed to be (that is, pursuing their destiny). People whose stressful lifestyles are threatening their health, however, are most likely on the wrong path. For these individuals, encountering difficulty may be the Universe’s way of telling them they are headed off in the wrong direction. Jumping hurdles is only fun if you were born to run track.

If you are following the path of your own destiny, then life (which will still be difficult, because that’s just what life is in a physical plane of existence) will be fulfilling and maybe even joyful.

Experienced psychics, and wise individuals of all kinds, understand that interfering in the complicated situations of others is the same thing as robbing them of the opportunity to create a solution. Interceding is a different matter. How do you tell the difference? It can be complicated, but a quick and easy answer is to ask yourself one simple question: Did anyone ask for my help?

As you can see, there is more to say about all of this, but I hope this answer will give you enough to think about for a little while, anyway.